WBCC Newsmail 151, Volume 4, July 3, 1999
Composed with help from members of the
Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club (WBCC)
and weekly published by Martin Peeters, Netherlands,
Focal Point of the WBCC, martinp@westbrabant.net

Dear WBCC members and non WBCC members,

After a week of having parties (celebrating the 150th WBCC Newsmail) now
back to the reality and please read news about Bi-metallics. I realy hope
you enjoy reading it !!

1. Bi-metalic military token....by Dean Neald, USA

In the July 1999 issue of World Coins News there is mention and a picture of
a Bi-metalic military token. Author Ray Bows has been submitting a series of
articles to World Coin News on United States military tokens. These are
token used in military camps for exchange or purchase of items from the
canteen, mess (bar) or PX (military convience store). The latest article
part IV on page 20 shows a picture of both sides of a Bi-metalic token for 5
cents. This token was issued for "Post Exchange Fort Sheridan ILL." Fort
Sheridan is in Highwood Ill. on the shores of Lake Michigan. No date is
given for the tokens but they are listed as half aluminum/half brass in
denominations of 5, 10, and 25 cents. The picture is quite clear and the
articles have been very informative.

2. Bi-metallic from Czech Republic...by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

Refering to WBCC Newsmail 150, item 7, about the Bi-metallic 2000 Korun
dated 2000, I received the following from Jaroslav Moravec of the Czech
National Bank the following additional information:
CZK 2000 (pattern only)
Ag 999, 40 mm, 31.1 g, inlay Au 999.9, 16 mm, 3.11 g
Issue: december 1999
Now available a picture of this inlay Bi-metallic in the WBCC Homepage:

3. Bi-metallic Edward VIII pieces...by René Müller, Denmark

While I was going through the mail from the last couple of month I found the
following in the sales list/newspaper "The Phoenix" P174 issued by Coincraft
of London, UK:

Bi-metallic coinage, meaning made up of two metals, is the way of of the
future. After all our own 2 Pound piece is now made up of two different
metals. This new trend has been going on for about 10-15 years and it will
no doubt be carrying on for sometime yet. We decided to try and make some
very limited mintage Bi-metallic Edward VIII pieces and we didn't realise
how much trouble that was going to cause! You have to place the two pieces
of metal in the dies by hand, lining them up exactly. Then you have to align
the press exactly and hope that all goes well! They are very difficult to

Mintage's are limited to 200 pieces of each country except for this country
where the maximum mintage is 500 pieces. AII of these Edward VIII
Bi-metallic pieces are in Uncirculated condition and they are in
Cupro-nickel (looks like silver) and light gold coloured metal. This is the
first time that we have ever offered (prices in Pounds) these Bi-metallic
Edward VIII crown sized pieces.
LEH4616 Edward VIII Bi-Metallic Great Britain 18.95
LPS4609 Edward VIII Bi-Metallic Palestine 18.95
LSA4609 Edward VIII Bi-Metallic South Africa 18.95
LMU4609 Edward VIII Bi-Metallic Mauritius 18.95
LHK4609 Edward VIII Bi-Metallic Hong Kong 18.95
LGI4609 Edward VIII Bi-Metallic Gibraltar 18.95
LEX4693 All 6 Edward VIII Bi-Metallic pieces 95.00
They all have the portrait of Edward VIII on the obverse with the
inscription " EDWARD VIII KING & EMPEROR", the reverses bear the respective
country names and an representative illustration (sprinbook for S.A., Big
bird for Mauritius and so forth).

--Remark Paul Baker, UK, WBCC Research Centre:
This could make people think that our British two pound coins are hand
made! This series of bi-metallics are a medallic series that are presumably
similar to the medallic crown series of Edward VIII pieces made around 1984
for Coincraft. (Very few coins were made with the portrait of Edward VIII
on them so a number of series have been produced over the years to give
collectors a chance to get at least something with such a portrait them.)
If you have the book "Unusual World Coins" (Krause Publications), then see
the "1984 Richard Lobel Series (Crowns)" series under Great Britain -
Medallic Issues. (Richard Lobel is the proprietor of "Coincraft"). Similar
pieces are listed under a few other countries too. These "mono-metal"
pieces Edward VIII medallic pieces have been around for some time and I
have seen them with other dealers.

4. Bi-metallic Israel 10 Sheqel 1999 in Mint Set.by Martin Peeters

According their latest brochure (June 1999) of the Israel Government Coind
& Medals Corp. Ltd there is struck a 1999 (5759) Piedfort Prestige Mint set
(max 6000 made and commemorating the Israel High-Tech Industry 51st
Anniversary) with the Bi-metallic Piedfort 10 Sheqel 1999 in it. The
Piedfort Prestige Mint set is available in 2 different packages: In a
Presentation folder (40 US Dollars) and in a plastic case (34 US Dollars).

Order address
5 Ahad Ha'am St.
Phone 972 2 5600147
Fax 972 2 564496
E-mail: medals@coins.co.il
Homepage: http://www.coins.co.il

6. Bi-metallic from Macao..........by Liu Jian, China

Just let you know Macao will issue a coin set in October commemorating the
Return of Macao to China on Dec 20, 1999. This set including 10, 20, 50
avos, 1, 2, 5, 10 Pacatas and 10 Pacatas is the new Bi-metallic coin! Sorry,
coin images is not available now.

7. Bi-metallic from Isle of Man...by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

According the 2000 Standard Catalog of World Coins (KM) the Bi-metallic 2
Pound from Isle of Man are listed as follows:
* 2 Pound 1997, KM 744, Race Cars, Queen's Portrait
* 2 Pound 1998, KM 907, Race Cars, New Queen's Portrait
* 2 Pound 1998, KM 858, Race Cars, New Queen's Portrait, Without "AA"
In the KM 744 and 907, the "AA" are visible at the left/front side of the
first race car.
The variety was also mentioned in US coinmagazine Coin World of December 7,
1998, Page 87

It is not sure the KM 858 really excists. Will let you know.

8. New Bi-metallic images......by Rod Sell, WBCC Homepage Provider

New Bi-metallic images this week.

* Saudi Arabia 100 Halala
* Isreal 1999 10 Sheqel Piedfort
* Czech Republic 2000 Korun Pattern
* US 50 Cent Trade Token from the Rainbow Marketing Assoc of Kristenstad
Texas. For more information on this item go to Jerry's site at
* US 1911 National Guard Medal
* USA Charlotte N.C. $1 Transit or Parking Token. Atwood-Coffee Number
* Netherlands Hilvarenbeek 5 Vefke Token

9. Bi-metallics from Pobjoy...by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

The following message I received from Pobjoy, UK:
Just to let you know that our new website (http://www.pobjoy.com) is up and
running with over 400 coins on it including Bi-metallic coins. We also now
have a monthly newsletter which people can subscribe to as well. On a quick
review there are 12 Bi-metallic hercules 2 Pound coin designs available, a
Gold ring wedding coin (with gold inset) and 15 different designs of the
Wonders of the world coins (with gold insets). If you need any more info
please do not hesitate to contact me.
Best regards, Charles Pobjoy, sales@pobjoy.com

About the pricing of Pobjoy, Charles Pobjoy wrote me the following:
All pricing on our website is the official retail price. If coins can be
found cheaper elsewhere then buy them up as they are under their retail

10. Bi-metallic dealerslist.......by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

In the latest (June 1999) Jorg's dealerslist (from Germany) I could find the
following interesting Bi-metallics for sale. The prices are in DM (German

* 10 Dinar 1992, Falk, Unc, 8.50 DM
* 20 Dinar 1992, Lion, Unc, 12.50 DM
* 50 Dinar 1992, Gazelle, Unc, 16.50
* 100 Dinar 1992, horse, Circ. 14.50

Order adress:
A. Jorg Numismatik
Postfach 1216
D-88341 Saulgau
E-mail: joerg-numismatik@t-online.de
If you look in Jorg's Homepage, you will find much more Bi-metallics listed.
Homepage: http://www.joerg-numismatik.de

11. WBCC CR ROM...by Joe Kocian, USA

I have the WBCC CD ROM completed. I will be adding a few current items but
for all major purposes it is finished. Thanks to the assistance of Martin,
and Larry and their contributions to the CD. I plan to have CD's for
purchase in Chicago (ANA convention August 14th) but also through the mail
for those who desire one that will not make the convention. Ok, the CD what
is it?
a. It is a compilation of the WBCC documentation of Bi-metallics coins with
b. The early Introduction and Use of Bi-metallics from Larry Friemel's "All
That Is Bi-Metallic" webpage with graphics.
c. It has the complete set of all WBCC Newsmails from beginning to current
d. It has the catalog "The World Of Bi-metallics" on it.
e. It has a super demo software program specifically designed for
And it is all on one CD.
Cost: This the best part, I made this for the WBCC members so cost is just
to cover the expenses.
By Mail: US$14.00 including shipping.
At the Chicaco ANA show: US$12.00

So WBCC members and non WBCC members let me know if you would like one. If
you want one mailed, I will start taking orders. I will not send mailed CD's
until after the Show. But I will start producing them now.
Contact me via e-Mail (jkocian@cvi-usa.com) and I will send you an order

"See" you next week,
Martin Peeters, Focal Point of the
Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club
The Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club
has been established September 14, 1996
and is the very first Worldwide Collectors Club
using the Internet.
Goal of the WBCC is exchange Bi-metallics
and exchange knowledge about Bi-metallics
WBCC Organisation:
WBCC Homepage Provider: Rod Sell, Australia, Rod.Sell@hlos.com.au
WBCC DoCu-Centre: Frans Dubois, Netherlands, dubois.f@wxs.nl
WBCC Public Relations: Cliff Anderson, USA, chander@mciworld.com
WBCC Research Centre: Paul Baker, UK, 113076.167@compuserve.com
WBCC Focal Point: Martin Peeters, Netherlands, martinp@westbrabant.net